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Sometimes (a/k/a “more often than not”), Donald Trump is over covered by the press.
This is not one of those cases.
John Miller of CNN, who owns Gotham City law enforcement:
Meetings have been going on throughout the week between city, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New York City about how to prepare for a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump as early as next week, multiple sources told CNN.
Meetings have been held between senior staff members from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the New York State Court Officers – who provide security at the state Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan – and the New York Police Department, according to law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The discussions have been about how to navigate the potential indictment for a criminal charge by a New York county grand jury and the choreography around the possibility of an unprecedented arrest of a former president of the United States.
An indictment would involve setting a date and time for Trump to surrender. Trump’s US Secret Service detail would deliver him to the Manhattan district attorney’s office for fingerprinting and then taking mugshots in offices of the district attorney’s detective squad. As is customary in cases where a defendant is allowed to voluntarily surrender, after arrest processing, the former president would be brought directly to an arraignment before a judge where he would likely be released on his own recognizance.
So, pretty much every American is going to have a distinct point of view about a potential Trump indictment.
To take just two of our fellow citizens at random:
HALPERIN SAYS: Buckle up, put on your big boy/girl pants, and get ready for a ride so wild it will make Mr. Toad look like Ned Flanders.
TRUMP ESSENTIAL READING
* The Washington Post’s Alvin Bragg profile is very good primer.
A federal judge has ruled that prosecutors overseeing the investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of classified documents can pierce assertions of attorney-client privilege and compel one of his lawyers to answer more questions before a grand jury, two people familiar with the case said on Friday.
In making her ruling, the judge, Beryl A. Howell, found that the government had met the threshold for a special provision of the law known as the crime-fraud exception. That provision allows prosecutors to work around attorney-client privilege when they have reason to believe that legal advice or legal services have been used in furthering a crime….
For a time, investigators focused on a particular witness, Waltine Nauta, a close personal aide to Mr. Trump who worked with him in the White House and then at Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Nauta was seen on camera moving boxes that had been held in the storage area. Investigators have also interviewed the groundskeeper who helped him move the boxes, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Former President Donald Trump will be holding the first rally of his 2024 campaign later this month in Waco, Texas.
The rally, announced Friday, will be held the evening of Saturday, March 25, in a Republican state where the former president has a large following, increasing the chances of a packed house.
HALPERIN ASKS/SAYS: Could March, 2023 be the most epic month of Trump news of all time? It turns out that that is not impossible.
* The New York Post continues to care about and chronicle President Biden’s curious unwillingness to have formal and semi-formal press conferences. Someday, this will be treated as the giant story it is by at least history, if not the Dominant Media.
* Josh Barro is typically clearheaded in evaluating the strengths and weakness of the Sunshine State topper:
It’s a strange contrast to the manner in which DeSantis has governed Florida. MSNBC viewers seem mostly interested in which books his supporters want removed from elementary school libraries, how he’s treating The Walt Disney Company, and which Miami venues might lose their liquor licenses from having drag performances in spaces open to children.¹ And certainly, DeSantis has put a lot of energy into stirring up those and other culture wars. But he’s also raised teacher pay, cut tolls on highways, and spent money on Everglades restoration. He has demonstrated a broad awareness that voters care about the basic operations of government and how those affect their daily lives, and he’s focused on getting them to feel satisfied with the way he’s overseeing the actual government.
HALPERIN SAYS: DeSantis might be in the Gang of 500 barrel right now, and the battle to control his public image is being waged fiercely by Team Trump and the media, while DeSantis himself goes about his business. On the one hand, take a breath – we aren’t even through the overture yet. On the other hand, this is happening right now before our eyes. Or, at least, before 1,000 eyes.
Swift’s Eras Tour setlist from opening night in Arizona Friday (via the New York Post):
Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince
You Need to Calm Down
You Belong With Me
‘Tis the Damn Season
…Ready for It?
Don’t Blame Me
Look What You Made Me Do
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
I Knew You Were Trouble
All Too Well (10 Minute Version)
The Last Great American Dynasty
My Tears Ricochet
Shake It Off
Mirrorball (A different acoustic song will be rotated in here each show)
* I feel very bad if you missed Fairleigh Dickinson’s amazing upset of Purdue. From start to finish, it was a classic Cinderella story.
* If you have not immersed yourself for an hour plus on YouTube watching highlights of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, you are not doing it right. She’s one of the most amazing basketball talents ever.